Aground on QE2 – – A memory of the liner Queen Elizabeth 2

Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liner

QE2 aground off Martha’s Vineyard


Last month was the 21st anniversary of the grounding of Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) off of Martha’s Vineyard Massachusetts. This accident required the evacuation of the passengers from the ship and severely damaged the ship.


I happened to be aboard during that cruise. It was a typically pleasant QE2 cruise to Canada and New England up until the accident. Then it became something of an adventure. Inasmuch as no one was hurt by the accident, the suspense lay in how we were going to get ashore and what would happen to what was then thought to be the last of the great ocean liners.


At the urging of some friends, I have marshaled together my photos from that cruise and put down my recollections about what occurred. The resulting article begins at


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